Another Nifty Idea
Well, last night I finally got one of those devices that interfaces the factory
steering wheel controls into aftermarket radios. Basically, it just converts steering wheel button presses into IR signals corresponding to the aftermarket deck's remote.
You train the device by pushing a steering wheel button and then pushing a button your aftermarket deck remote.
Now WHY am I posting this here?
Well, this is actually a FANTASTIC way of controlling your system. If you have an IRMAN receiver, there is absolutely no reason why you can't use one of these to control your setup.
It is sooo BOMB to press "seek" on your steering wheel and have the mp3's change.
No need for keypads, remotes.. etc. Of course you need those for the more complicated functions, but the basic stuff can be done with the steering wheel so easily.
In fact, If I had realized this sooner, I would have bought one of these long before changing my deck.
Anyways, its brings your setup a major step clsoer to being completely integrated into your car, because even with all we do.. you still always have to hack something else in there to control the computer..
Well, this is an easy way to avoid it.
Of course you need to have steering wheel radio controls in the first place.
Just wanted to post my success story and notify anyone else that this works!
Where did you get this from and how much did it cost you to get ? I dont have steering wheel controls but I am always interested in things like this http://www.mp3car.com/ubb/smile.gif
could you use one of your horn buttons?
how many functions will it hold?
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Well if you have to horn buttons I suppose it would be possible.....you'd have to hack apart the steering wheel track down the wires and so on...I really don't think it would be worth it for one button tho....
WAIT! I saw this in an issue of Car Audio and Electronics magazine. The guy had all of his cruise control buttons that were on his steering wheel switched over to control radio functions. There was a switch on his dash that would switch the function of the buttons back and forth...if the switch was one way then the buttons wored the cruise control...if they were another they operated the radio....
I use my steering wheel buttons but used relays instead of the IR interface. I almost used IR. I have two pushbuttons on the dash (control and command) that I use to get more function out of the five buttons on the wheel. In all, five buttons + modifier keys = 20 possible buttons right there on the wheel. There is more detail about this on the site. http://220.127.116.11/home.html
It is definitely an excellent way to control the system... it feels right, and doesn't distract me from driving. I'd suggest it to anyone out there looking for a control method.
Mantis: where did you get it, and how much ?
I got it in a car audio shop.
They normally go for about $60 USD.
If you look around on the net, they aren't too hard to find.
There are a few different models for the different types of cars..